Japan sees future in hydrogen economy

Japan is seeking to replace fossil fuels with hydrogen and is developing two very different projects to produce it, one using gas and the other coal Japan is seeking to replace fossil fuels with hydrogen and is developing two very different projects to produce it, one using gas and the other coal.
By Andrew Walker 24 April 2018 0 30568
Artist's impression of the AHEAD hydrogen plant. Artist’s impression of the AHEAD project. (Mitsubishi)

The start of construction work at a gas-to-hydrogen supply project in Brunei heralds the beginning of Japan’s long-term strategy to replace its imported fossil fuels – including LNG – with clean-burning hydrogen.

The Advanced Hydrogen Energy Chain for Technology Development (AHEAD) project is being developed by Japanese companies Mitsubishi, Nippon Yusen, Chiyoda and Mitsui in conjunction with Brunei’s Sungai Liang Industrial Park, and will produce hydrogen from gas piped directly from the Brunei LNG plant. 

This project will use steam reforming...

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